Biometric punching in Kerala govt offices fails to take off

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Thiruvananthapuram: The setting up of biometric punching system in government offices across the state is yet to reach completion. The system, which was expected to be operational on Monday, will be set up only after all the pending works are finished.

Earlier, the government had planned to introduce the punching system in all Kerala government, semi-government, autonomous and grant-in-aid institutions on January 2, the first working day of the year.

However, a review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary VP Joy found that the linking of the punching system to the Payroll Administrative Repository of Kerala (SPARK) is yet to be completed in many areas.

According to the review meeting’s evaluation, the system will be made functional at big offices such as Civil Station by this month itself.

The biometric punching system is being introduced in an attempt to bring the payroll and finance-related activities of more than five lakh government employees under a single application.

Late arrivals will be automatically recorded as leave in SPARK and will affect the salary.

In the first phase, the system will be introduced in the collectorates, directorates and head offices of state departments.

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